Edgemont sophomore Trey Aslanian was no stranger to standing on the big podium in Albany ? this year, however, he moved up a few steps. Capping off a tremendous season that saw Aslanian reach 98 career wins and tear through a stacked bracket at the 103-pound weight class, Aslanian became the Panther?s only second-ever New York State Finalist.
Aslanian began the tournament at the 4th seeded wrestler at his weight, having placed 5th at 96 pounds last year. In his opening Round of 16 match, he faced Kasey Proper, a sophomore for Verona-Vernon-Sherill of Section 3, the Syracuse area. Aslanian started out the first period with a takedown and a set of backpoints, carrying a 5-0 lead into the second period, where he chose to start in the bottom position. A quick reversal was all Aslanian needed to put Proper on his back and secure the fall at 2:46.
From there, Aslanian advanced to the quarterfinals, where he met Kyler Agoney of perennial powerhouse Peru of Section 7. Aslanian was never in danger as he racked up 18 points enroute to a third period technical fall and landing him in the semi-finals against first-seeded Dillon Stowell of Section 10?s Gouvernour. After a scoreless first period, Stowell won the toss and deferred. Aslanian, choosing bottom, was able to work for a reversal and a quick 2 back points before getting reversed himself. This gave Aslanian the 4-2 lead going into the third period, where Stowell chose bottom. A Stowell reversal about a minute in tied the score at 4-4 with about a minute left. Aslanian would not quit for a second though and gave the Edgemont fans something to cheer about as he returned the favor to Stowell with a reversal of his own in the waning seconds of he match. Aslaninan had won 6-4 and advanced to the New York State Championship Finals.
In his final bout, Aslanian matched up with William Koll of Lansing. While this was Koll?s first appearance at the New York State Championships, he was no stranger to the mat, growing up as the son of current and long time Cornell head wrestling coach, Rob Koll. When the whistle blew to start the bout, Aslanian came out swinging. He quickly secured a quick headlock for the takedown and putting Koll in a near-fall situation. Koll managed to work his way off of his back, but not before Aslanian picked up two back points for a 4-0 lead going into the second period. Aslanian deferred and Koll took bottom. After some tough riding, Aslanian secured a cross-wrist and tilted Koll to his back. The athletic Koll managed to step over Aslanian and end the match, giving Aslanian his second place finish.
As a sophomore, Aslanian is on pace to break many Edgemont Wrestling records. He returns to the mat next season and will almost certainly break 100 wins as he continues his quest to become Edgemont?s first-ever State Champion.